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Gloucester Rugby: 'Positive' Morgan is firmly on the road to recovery

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

COMEBACK:  Olly Morgan injured his knee in Gloucester's game at Worcester in January

COMEBACK: Olly Morgan injured his knee in Gloucester's game at Worcester in January

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BUOYANT Olly Morgan is winning his battle against knee surgery rehabilitation.

The luckless full-back has been sidelined since tearing knee ligaments in Gloucester's 21-15 Worcester defeat on January 7.

Team-mate James Simpson-Daniel said 26-year-old Morgan has turned the corner in his fitness battle – and has 'got the hunger back'.

Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said the Kingsholm club will give Morgan every helping hand to make it back onto the field.

Morgan dislocated his shoulder in Gloucester's 41-41 draw at Leicester on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

He battled back to full fitness for the start of last term – only to wind up suffering another long-term blow at Sixways this January.

After dealing with a seriously tough time though, he is hitting a more positive frame of mind.

Simpson-Daniel explained: "He's got the hunger back and it's great to see.

"It's only natural with an injury like this that there will be dark times – anyone pretending otherwise is kidding themselves.

"But Morgs has handled all of that really well, and now he's got that edge back.

"He's been working hard in the gym and he looks pretty big, and he's been working hard on his passing.

"When a player gets to that stage you know they are making good progress, and that's what everyone wants to see.

"We're not putting pressure on him, but we're behind him every step of the way and we can't wait to see him back on the field."

Morgan might be ready for a playing return in January – but Gloucester boss Davies said he is under no pressure for a fast return.

Davies said: "In the last five to six weeks he's been making good progress, he's walking around, starting to pass a ball.

"It's a lot more positive than it was previously.

"It's a particularly nasty injury, it's not straightforward in terms of recovery, there's quite a few elements to it.

"But he's been fantastic, it's very difficult to keep your head up, but he's done that very well, and all credit to him really.

"He's been part of the unit groups where we've looked at the opposition and ourselves, and he's added a great deal to that.

"There's no time limit or pressure on his return, we're just playing it week by week.

"He's been so positive though that you've got to admire that.

"Like anybody that's going through a potentially career-threatening period, it's very hard to stay positive.

"But full credit to him, he's done that very well.

"We'll keep supporting him as much as we possibly can, and fingers crossed we'll see him back on the field soon."

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  • RoccoAgain  |  November 19 2012, 10:02PM

    Cook gets himself sin-binned again because of his own poor play and decision making. The bloke is proving to be a liability.

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  • SimonGray  |  November 15 2012, 9:25PM

    Oh dear! Poor old Ronnie82 comes up with his new identity but he is spotted straight away. Maybe trolling isn't his forte.

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  • RoryGlaws  |  November 03 2012, 1:34PM

    Just remember, as soon as Cook went to the bin and Gloucester were weakened by going down to 13 men, Tigers took advantage and were awarded a try. Also, it was Cook's wayward kick, straight to Bath player that led to them scoring the opening try in the opening minutes of the Bath game.

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  November 03 2012, 12:14PM

    Oh dear! Ronnie the troll is so confused with all his identities that he is claiming to have asked a question under his Ronnie82 name. He didn't.

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  • Roon77  |  November 03 2012, 12:07PM

    Get over it Ronnie82/RuckandRoller/GlosRugbyMan/etc. You haven't got a clue and neither has Cook when it comes to positional sense.

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  • Ronnie82  |  November 03 2012, 11:49AM

    Haha u all make me laugh let's take it back to cowans sin bin then he put the team in that position!!!!! Every one makes mistakes and we learn from it, it's life!! We all have our opions but I asked a simple question and would expect a respectful response back not a chance for 'fans' to bring a player down for no reason! Gloucester are on form and playing amazing and every player has been part of that!!

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  • Newilldon  |  November 03 2012, 11:16AM

    A truly class act or even a half decent Premiership class full-back wouldn't have put themselves into a position that they needed to make a split-second decision. Olly Morgan falls into the first category, Martyn Thomas into the second; Cook falls into neither.

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  • Archie_Brew  |  November 03 2012, 11:04AM

    Cook's own fault for not being in the right position. I am so pleased to have Martyn Thomas back starting today.

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  • Ronnie82  |  November 03 2012, 10:39AM

    lot can have all ur options but you weren't in that position and had that split second to think about it, sadly he did go up with two arms but one came down and what happened happened and I'm sure it wasn't cooks intention to get sin binned, no ones noes what any other full back wpuld have done as they werent playing every one has to remember its a team sport and Gloucester played amazing every single player to beat tigers!!! Some people are just to quick to bring players down for no reason!!!! Good to see Morgan is on the way to recovery! And 'troll' really!!!!!!!

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  • BillBM  |  November 03 2012, 9:51AM

    To quote the troll, "He's played well and proved him self at premiership level!" No he hasn't! Give me the first three named in that list any day.

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